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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Activist Poughkeepsie MLK Event Is Held Virtually

Jan 18, 2021
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966
Public Domain / Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice in Poughkeepsie began in 1996 and became an annual activist event until a few years ago. This year, during COVID-19, it was held virtually, and hosted by one of the original organizers — former Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner. Tyner resigned in Janaury 2019 amid sexual harassment allegations and then moved across the country. Yet Zoom brought together some of the usual participants.

Martin Luther King Jr at the White House, January 1964
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto / US Department of State GPA Photo Archive/Public Domain

The commemoration in Plattsburgh honoring Dr. Martin Luther King is normally held at the SUNY Plattsburgh Newman Center.  But this year due to COVID-19 organizers had to find a different way to hold the event, turning to the local public television station to create an hour-long virtual program.

We aired a portion of this interview today in memoriam. 

Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis died on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was 80 years old. 

One of the original 13 Freedom Riders and an eye-witness to many momentous and historic occasions in the last 50+ years of working in public service, Lewis was the son of sharecroppers; he survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama; and became a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman. In 2012, Joe Donahue spoke with him in about his book "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change." 

Beginning January 15h, Saratoga Springs will host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Stephen Gottlieb: Dr. King’s Message Of Love

Jan 20, 2015

Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. We are still much too far from a post-racial society. For the big victories of the Civil Rights Movement, we think of Brown v. Board, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which the Rehnquist Court did its best to chip away, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which the Roberts Court is doing its best to tear up. There was another victory that I’d like to talk about, just a few years after Martin Luther King shared his dream at the Lincoln Memorial.

Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com; source: Library of Congress

From Saturday, January 17th, through Monday, the 19th, Saratoga Springs is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's celebration in the Spa City will feature a keynote speaker, a film screening, performers, and community service projects. 

NYS Archives

The New York State Museum in Albany is celebrating an important find on this Martin Luther King Day — a recording of a 1962 speech by the civil rights leader that hadn’t been heard since it was delivered in New York City. The museum received a reel-to-reel tape of the speech celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the late 1970’s, but didn’t hear it until this past November. Museum director Mark Schaming says it’s a landmark moment for the museum.

  Our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities provides our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Brian J. Purnell is the Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College and he joins us to tell us more.

The former National Park Service ranger who stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King during his "I Have a Dream" speech says the event was a life-changing moment, helping him realize "everyone has unalienable rights."

Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum of Grafton,  says his assignment to guard dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 gave him a front-row view of the historic event.

Community organizations, labor unions, and individuals from throughout the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region are coming together this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Groups will assemble for a night of remembrance, celebration, and discussion for the future of the civil rights movement. They'll commemorate the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

8/28/13 - Panel

Aug 28, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Syria Stock Slump
NYT Attack
March on Washington Anniversary

Mass. Gov. Patrick Returning To Public Spotlight

Aug 28, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is returning to the public spotlight after a month during which he's kept an unusually low profile.

Patrick will attend a meeting of the Governor's Council. It's the first public event he's had at the Statehouse since a July 31 meeting of the council.

In the afternoon, Patrick will participate in a bell-ringing at the Old South Meeting House in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Aug 28, 2013
Alan Chartock

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusess the 50th anniversary of when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial.

Linking Dr. King's Dream to Obama's Inauguration

Jan 21, 2013
Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com; source: Library of Congress

As President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term today, the nation celebrated the life of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And January First marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.